Griev­ing fam­ily urges peo­ple ‘to light a can­dle for peace’

Irish Independent - - News | John Hume: 1937-2020 - Al­li­son Bray

THE fam­ily of John Hume have asked peo­ple to light a can­dle for peace at 9pm tonight in their homes or at their front doors.

As Mr Hume’s re­moval from his home in Moville, Co Done­gal, to St Eu­gene’s Cathe­dral in Derry takes place to­day, his fam­ily has asked peo­ple to fol­low Covid-19 re­stric­tions and not to put them­selves and oth­ers at risk.

In a state­ment re­leased last night, the fam­ily thanked the pub­lic for their con­do­lences.

“John loved the peo­ple of Derry and Done­gal. The heart­felt and sin­cere con­do­lences that we have re­ceived from peo­ple across the is­land, but par­tic­u­larly from the com­mu­ni­ties John loved be­ing a part of, have been im­mensely com­fort­ing to us,” they said.

“John will leave Moville at 7.30pm [tonight] and re­turn

to St Eu­gene’s Cathe­dral af­ter 8.30pm.

“We know that he would have pri­ori­tised pub­lic health and the safety and health of our com­mu­ni­ties. We’re ask­ing peo­ple to fol­low that guid­ance, please do not put your­self or oth­ers at risk. In­stead, we would ask that peo­ple light a can­dle for peace at 9pm in their homes or at their door.”

Mr Hume’s fu­neral will take place to­mor­row at 11.30am where Fr Paul Far­ren, the Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Cathe­dral, will cel­e­brate the Mass and preach the homily. Bishop of Derry Donal McKe­own will also pre­side at the Mass.

Nor­mally, the death of such a high-pro­file fig­ure would draw mas­sive crowds. How­ever, due to Covid-19 re­stric­tions, so­cial dis­tanc­ing will be strictly ob­served in­side the cathe­dral and within its grounds.

How­ever, mourn­ers can pay their re­spects re­motely by tun­ing into the Mass which will be broad­cast live on RTÉ One at 11.30am, and also streamed live on the cathe­dral’s web­site – www. steu­ge­nescathe­dral.com.

Mean­while, Arch­bishop of Ar­magh and Pri­mate of All Ire­land Ea­mon Martin praised Mr Hume as “a paragon of peace”.

‘Great sad­ness’: Arch­bishop of Ar­magh Ea­mon Martin

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